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  • Pioneer Back Pain Clinician Robin McKenzie Dies at Age 82

    Robin Anthony McKenzie passed away at his home at Raumati Beach, New Zealand, at the age of 82, on Monday, May 13 after battling with cancer for several months. McKenzie established the internationally recognized McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) and in 1982 founded the McKenzie Institute International.

    McKenzie developed a special interest in treating spinal disorders after opening a private practice in Wellington, New Zealand, after graduating in 1952 from the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy.

    APTA named him an honorary member "in recognition of distinguished and meritorious service to the art and science of physical therapy and to the welfare of mankind."

    The McKenzie Institute has published a full obituary and established a tribute page at www.mckenziemdt.org, where visitors are welcome to express condolences to his family and to share memories.


    • I am saddened at the lost of a devoted and creative therapist who developed a treatment that aided the patients with back pain by showing them and us how they could be helped in reducing their pain and improving their function using the MeKenzie Method..

      Posted by Vanie Jones on 5/21/2013 4:27 PM

    • I was very sorry to hear that Robin McKenzie had passed away. He was an inspiration to me as a physiotherapist and I have found his MDT has helped my practice and patients enormously. I would like to extend my sympathy to his wife and family. Gair Gordon

      Posted by Gair Gordon on 5/28/2013 11:37 AM

    • Robin's book helped me a great deal to improve my lower back pain. My sympathy goes to him wife and family. Med Fadel, Texas, USA

      Posted by Med Fadel on 4/12/2015 4:26 PM

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